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Geoscientists to reconstruct 1,500 years of Greenland Climate

Raymond Bradley and graduate students from the Climate System Research Center have returned to campus with sediment core samples lifted from the lakes of southern Greenland. Funded by the National Science Foundation, their investigation of the sediment cores will provide new data on temperature change over the last 1,500 years in a region linked to the broader climate dynamics of the North Atlantic. Read more

A podcast looks at DeConto's research career and how it is affecting discussions of climate change and Antartica

A podcast looks at the research career of Robert M. DeConto, geosciences, and how he has emerged as one of the most important voices on climate change and how it is affecting Antarctica. Forcastpod.org

Hashemi comments on NEPR story about how local farmers are reacting to this year's drought

Masoud Hashemi, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, offers comments in a NEPR story about how local farmers are reacting to this year's drought. He says some are seeking information about "no-till" farming that leaves fields unplowed and has crops planted on top of leftover plant matter from previous crops. NEPR

Bradley documents the risk of invasive species worldwide

In the first global analysis of environmental risk from invasive alien species, researchers, including Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation, say one sixth of the world's lands are "highly vulnerable" to invasion, including "substantial areas in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots." The study appears in the current issue of Nature Communications. Read more

Bradley comments in Boston Globe story about how July was the 10th consecutive month of record warmth

Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, and director of the Climate System Research Center, comments in a Boston Globe story about how July was the 10th consecutive month of record warmth in a year that is likely to be the hottest ever recorded. He and other scientists say the record temperatures should lead the public to recognize climate change and being to address it. "If you don't accept the science, you can't come up with a plan to address the problem," Bradley says. Boston Globe

Craker's attempts to gain federal permission to grow marijuana for medical testing discussed in U.S. News & World Report

A news story on the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to end its policy of restricting the growing of marijuana for research to the University of Mississippi notes that Lyle E. Craker, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, who has been seeking federal permission to grow marijuana for medical testing, will try again. Craker has been trying for 12 years to get approval of his plan to grow marijuana for testing, but his proposal was repeatedly denied by the DEA. U.S. News and World Report

Labastide awarded NSF grant for cell biophysics research

Joelle Labastide, a postdoctoral fellow in Physics, has been awarded $138,000 NSF fellowship to examine the dynamics of "cargo transport," the act of carrying organelles, proteins and other material around inside the cell. Read more

35 students particpate in CAFE's Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is wrapping up its first Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program, which provided paid summer employment for 35 UMass Amherst undergraduate students in the labs and offices of university faculty and in communities where professional extension educators are engaged with citizens. Read more

Brigham-Grette speaks at 'ICEBERGS Late Night' exhibit

Julie Brigham-Grette, head of Geosciences and chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board, recently participated in a special program, "ICEBERGS Late Night," part of the National Building Museum's summer block party series in Washington, D.C. Read more

Morelli's study offers steps to manage climate-stable environments for wildlife

Results of a new study led by Toni Lyn Morelli, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Northeast Climate Science Center, offer a framework for conserving areas she and co-authors dub "climate change refugia," that is, areas naturally buffered from climate change that protect natural and cultural resources. Read more

Former Sunderland salmon hatchery re-opens as freshwater research station

The former national salmon hatchery in Sunderland, now known as the Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center, is bustling with activity once again this summer after recent renovations and a new agreement among the university, state and federal wildlife agencies to support freshwater research there. Read more

Clark confirms that the majority of head lice in the U.S. are now resistant to more over-the-counter treatments

John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, says a new study that finds the majority of head lice in the U.S. are now resistant to more over-the-counter treatments, confirms what scientists have observed in recent years. "What it is telling us is that, right now, these over-the-counter products aren't nearly as effective as they used to be," he says. This is because the lice have developed mutations to fight off the treatments. Livescience.com

Clements says in the Boston Globe that the state's peach crop has been mostly wiped out this year

Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, says in the Boston Globe that the state's peach crop has been mostly wiped out this year by spring weather that was initially warm enough to make the trees blossom, followed by record low temperatures that killed the blooms. Boston Globe

Campbell-Nelson discusses on NPR Weekend Edition how Massachusetts farmers are responding to the drought conditions

Katherine Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension, says Massachusetts farmers are responding to the drought conditions by getting large water tanks into their fields that are far away on NPR Weekend Edition. Others, she says, are using much more irrigation and laying out much more pipe to carry water to the fields. Campbell-Nelson also says increased costs for irrigation and labor to keep crops watered is cutting into farm profits. NPR Weekend Edition

Dasgupta's research identifies remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM

Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences and CNS Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, and her research identifying remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM, are featured. Read more

Wang, Ma Recognized for Research at International Meeting

Dong Wang and Li-Jun Ma, both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were recognized for their research at the 17th International Congress of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions held July 17-21 in Portland, Ore. Wang received the inaugural MPMI Young Investigator Award and Ma presented a plenary talk at the meeting. Read more

Bhowmik Honored at International Weed Science Congress

Prasanta Bhowmik, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was honored with a 2016 Outstanding International Achievement Award at the International Weed Science Society 7th International Weed Science Congress in June in Prague. IWSS President Nilda Roma Burgos cited Bhowmik's leadership roles in the international arena of weed science: "You have a commendable record of teaching and research achievements. Your sustained active involvement in the regional, national and international weed science societies has helped promote the science of agriculture in general and weed science in particular."

New Design Building will be featured in National Building Museum exhibit

The new Design Building under construction at UMass Amherst will be featured in September as part of the "Timber City" exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Architect

Institute for Applied Life Sciences-Anika Therapeutics partnership highlighted in Forbes article

A business story in Forbes about Anika Therapeutics, a small biotech company in Bedford and its expected earning potential for investors, mentions that the company entered into an agreement with the Institute for Applied Life Sciences last year to develop a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The new drug being developed could be commercialized by 2017, the story says. Forbes

Gartner's Deerfield River area study aims to improve rivers’ natural health

John Gartner, a postdoc in the Geosciences department, has received a $50,000 renewable grant from NSF's National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCESD) to study the effects of large floods on rivers and the processes at work when such stresses hit. The investigation should show how to help land, ecosystems and communities recover from disturbances such as floods and humans re-arranging streams. Using the Chickley River in the northwest Massachusetts town of Hawley and stretches of the Connecticut River in Vermont as natural laboratories, postdoctoral geosciences researcher Gartner will investigate how floods reverse human efforts to straighten, or channelize, rivers, and what controls a river’s process of returning to a naturally more sinuous and complex state. Christine Hatch and Isaac Larson, Geosciences, are mentors for Gartner’s fellowship. Read more

Kuras, MS student, to receive William B. Stapp Student scholarship

Evan Kuras, MS student in Environmental Conservation, has been selected to receive the William B. Stapp Student scholarship for the North American Association for Environmental Education. He will receive the scholarship at the association's annual conference in October in Madison, Wisc. Read more

Video highlights the Aquatic Research Center’s microscopic focus

Alison Roy, Envrionmental Conservation, and CNS students are featured in a video about the newly re-purposed Aquatic Research Center in Sunderland, Mass. UMass Amherst staff and students work with fisheries specialists to increase colonies of endangered freshwater mussels in the Connecticut River basin and the wider northeastern U.S. Watch video

New fluorescent mineral display lights up the Rausch Mineral Gallery

A new fluorescent mineral display is just one of the many treasures in the Rausch Mineral Gallery, located in the Geosciences wing of the Morrill Science Center. The gallery's display cabinets are full of specimens representing all the major mineral groups. Most of the more than 250 minerals on display were the bequest of Marvin Rausch, professor of chemistry at UMass Amherst from 1963 to 2001. Rausch amassed one of the finest mineral collections in New England. The gallery is open to the public.

Brigham-Grette named fellow of American Geophysical Union

Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences department head and chair of the U.S. National Academy Polar Research Board, was recently named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor given to individual members "who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences." Brigham-Grette says, "It is a tremendous honor to become an AGU fellow and I share this with all of the colleagues I have worked with over the years on polar science especially in understanding the land bridge with the Russian Arctic."

4-H Summer of Science Camp

The UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development program engaged 59 students from across the state in active hands-on learning on the UMass Amherst campus in June. Each year young people have the opportunity to select a track of study where they spend the day exploring a field of science with faculty, staff or a professional in the field. Their experience is rounded off with short workshops and other activities that expose these middle and high school students to a wide array of scientific fields. Another benefit for 4-H campers is that they get a taste of college life as they sleep in dorms and eat in campus dining halls. Read more